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FIFA approves goaline technology

07-06-2012 16:07 BJT

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After years of debate, denials, and discussion, football’s world governing body has decided to approve the use of goalline technology.

FIFA had previously been reluctant to take the decision on goals being scored out of the hands of the officials, but as our Peter Koveos explains, following a few high-profile gaffes. FIFA now feels this is the right time to embrace technology and ensure calls on the field are correct.

In this building in Switzerland, the most important football decision in years has been made.

The board of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body. will allow goalline technology during football matches, joining various other global sports that use science to make a decision regarding action on the field of play.

Jerome Valcke, FIFA General Secretary,said, "It was decided following the first decision to approve the two companies who have been through a new phase of test, a second phase of test: Goal Ref and Hawkeye. These companies now have to produce, build a number of systems which any event organiser can use. We, FIFA, have decided to use the system at the Club World Cup next December in Tokyo, and if it is working at the Confederations Cup 2013 and the World Cup 2014."

The decision to use technology comes on the heels of a controversial no-goal in the recent Euro championship -- where Ukraine was denied a goal against England.

Two years previous to that, England was on the other end of a wrong call as Frank Lampard’s goal against Germany in the quarterfinals of the World Cup was called a non-goal.

But from this point forward, the debate over whether a goal was scored or not, will be over.

Alex Horne, English FA General Secretary, said, "I think today is a hugely important day. It’s a cause that you know we’ve had on our agenda for a number of years. We believe the right technology helping the referee make a decision over something which is a relatively rare event in football - the scoring of a goal - is entirely appropriate. But the rigour we’ve given it in terms of approving the technologies and making sure that the systems are entirely robust I think is absolutely right. But it’s a great day, I believe, for football today to see that that entrance into the laws of the game."

FIFA has approved the use of two different technology systems.

One is Hawkeye -- based on cameras and are the same people who are known for their tennis and cricket replays, and GoalRef, a Danish-German development which uses magnetic fields.

Rene Duenker, Project GoalRef Scientist, said, "The GolaRef system, its a magnetic based system, one part is in the goal and this builds up the magnetic field. And the ball, if the ball passes the goal-line the magnetic field will change and then we can detect it’s a goal. And the goal information will transmit wirelessly to the referee."

Steven Carter, Hawkeye Managing Director, said, "Within tennis and cricket the motion of the ball it follows a parabola because it’s been hit and it’s travelling through the air, whereas within football obviously the goalkeeper can carry it over the line obviously, it can be obscured and the motion is a lot more chaotic so whilst it is the same basic principles we’ve done a huge amount of research and development in makng sure the system is absolutely right for football."

The English Premier League is expected to adopt one of the systems - which are expected to cost up to $250,000 US dollars per stadium to install - during next season.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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